Stephen Brown

Vice President of Shorebird Conservation

Stephen Brown became the director of the Shorebird Recovery Program in November 2013. Prior to that, Stephen served as Manomet’s Director of Shorebird Science.


Stephen oversees all of Manomet’s shorebird research and conservation efforts, including the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Working with colleagues from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Kansas State University, he founded and leads the Arctic Shorebird Demographics Network. He was the lead author of the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, which brought together wildlife managers and policy makers from all 50 states to develop a coordinated strategy for restoring the declining populations of shorebirds. Stephen was also one of the lead authors of the Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Conservation Business Strategy. After Hurricane Sandy hit the Atlantic Coast of the United States, he worked with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to lead a rapid assessment of the impact on coastal bird habitat. Stephen's Arctic research has also helped to determine potential impacts of oil development on nesting shorebirds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.


He helps coordinate a program to study and manage American Oystercatchers throughout the Atlantic Coast. He also helps organize the Shorebird Research Group of the Americas, which aims to determine the underlying causes of shorebird population declines.


He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles on shorebirds and wetland management, and recently edited Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan Council, and is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Society of Wetland Scientists, and the Waterbird Society.


Stephen received a Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he studied restoration of wetland bird habitats.


Recent Publications

Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Business Strategy - Phase 1 (Summary)


Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Business Strategy - Phase 1 (Full Report)


Hurricane Sandy Rapid Assessment Report


Predicting breeding shorebird distributions on the Arctic Coastal Plain of Alaska


Shorebirds Breed in Unusually High Densities in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area, Alaska


Relative Shorebird Densities at Coastal Sites in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge